Posts Tagged ‘genetic engineering’

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Most of Europe will now be free of genetically-modified crops

15 of the European Union’s 28 member states have now opted out of cultivating them in their territories, including Denmark, France, and Germany. Around two-thirds of Europe’s arable land will be GM-free as a result.

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The shameless and yet shameful deliberate lies of the Frnakenfood industry continue to pile up and contort the very purpose of science.

Biology Fortified, Inc. misleads the public on GMO safety

Assembling big lists of studies supposedly providing overwhelming evidence of the safety of GMOs has become common practice by GMO proponents. GENERA is just the latest in a long series of such lists. The success of the tactic depends on the reading public failing to examine the actual studies and seeing what they say.

“However, this review suffers from serious defects, such as:

  • classifying relatively short studies as long-term, even though they only follow the animals for a fraction of their natural lifespan
  • including animal production studies designed to examine parameters such as meat or milk production, which do not look for health effects
  • including studies on fish and birds, which have a different digestive system and metabolism from those of humans and are not relevant to assessing human health risks
  • including studies in which the sample sizes are too small to draw any conclusions
  • including a study in which animals were removed from the experiment for undefined reasons and replaced (naturally this study concluded the GMO was safe!)
  • using unscientific double standards in dismissing the findings of studies that find toxic effects on the grounds of methodological weaknesses, while accepting at face value the findings of studies that conclude safety, even though they suffer from the same methodological weaknesses.”

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1. They hate the term “snake oil” which they apparently hear a lot. Good.

2. They use the buzzword “science” as a propaganda bludgeon, when what they actually mean is engineering/experimentation.

3. The new unholy grail is going to be microbes. They intend to modify microbes as pesticides and to become fertilizer, with unknown and industrial scale risks associated.

Beyond GMOs: A new era of biotechnology

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A former GMO scientist has debunked the assumptions the GMO industry relies upon:

The whole paradigm of the genetic engineering technology is based on a misunderstanding. Every scientist now learns that any gene can give more than one protein and that inserting a gene anywhere in a plant eventually creates rogue proteins.

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GMO Myths and Truth

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The whole paradigm of the genetic engineering technology is based on a misunderstanding. Every scientist now learns that any gene can give more than one protein and that inserting a gene anywhere in a plant eventually creates rogue proteins.

I am turning you towards a recent compilation (June 2012) of over 500 government reports and scientific articles published in peer reviewed Journals, some of them with the highest recognition in the world. Like The Lancet in the medical field, or Advances in Food and Nutrition Research, or Biotechnology, or Scandinavian Journal of Immunology, European Journal of Histochemistry, Journal of Proteome Research, etc. This compilation was made by a genetic engineer in London, and an investigative journalist who summarized the gist of the publications for the lay public.

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GMO whistleblower Dr. Thierry Vrain unveils insane insider information on engineered food

Former Pro-GMO Scientist Speaks Out On The Real Dangers of Genetically Engineered Food

GMO KNOW YOUR FARMER POSTER

European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility
Statement: No scientific consensus on GMO safety

As scientists, physicians, academics, and experts from disciplines relevant to the scientific, legal, social and safety assessment aspects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs),[1] we strongly reject claims by GM seed developers and some scientists, commentators, and journalists that there is a “scientific consensus” on GMO safety[2] [3] [4] and that the debate on this topic is “over”.[5]

We feel compelled to issue this statement because the claimed consensus on GMO safety does not exist. The claim that it does exist is misleading and misrepresents the currently available scientific evidence and the broad diversity of opinion among scientists on this issue. Moreover, the claim encourages a climate of complacency that could lead to a lack of regulatory and scientific rigour and appropriate caution, potentially endangering the health of humans, animals, and the environment…

Decisions on the future of our food and agriculture should not be based on misleading and misrepresentative claims that a “scientific consensus” exists on GMO safety.

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Passed three rounds of peer review, and now the GMO rat study must be addressed by lawmakers.

 

Seralini republished: Roundup-ready GMO maize causes serious health damage

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‘Significant biochemical disturbances and physiological failures’

The study examines the health effects on rats of eating Roundup-tolerant NK603 genetically modified (GM) maize (from 11% in the diet), cultivated with or without Roundup application, and Roundup alone (from 0.1 ppb of the full pesticide containing glyphosate and adjuvants) in drinking water. It found:

  • “Biochemical analyses confirmed very significant chronic kidney deficiencies, for all treatments and both sexes; 76% of the altered parameters were kidney-related.
  • “In treated males, liver congestions and necrosis were 2.5 to 5.5 times higher. Marked and severe nephropathies were also generally 1.3 to 2.3 times greater.
  • “In females, all treatment groups showed a two- to threefold increase in mortality, and deaths were earlier.
  • “This difference was also evident in three male groups fed with GM maize.
  • “All results were hormone- and sex-dependent, and the pathological profiles were comparable.
  • “Females developed large mammary tumors more frequently and before controls;
  • “the pituitary was the second most disabled organ;
  • “the sex hormonal balance was modified by consumption of GM maize and Roundup treatments.
  • “Males presented up to four times more large palpable tumors starting 600 days earlier than in the control group, in which only one tumor was noted.
  • “These results may be explained by not only the non-linear endocrine-disrupting effects of Roundup but also by the overexpression of the EPSPS transgene or other mutational effects in the GM maize and their metabolic consequences.
  • “Our findings imply that long-term (2 year) feeding trials need to be conducted to thoroughly evaluate the safety of GM foods and pesticides in their full commercial formulations.”